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NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. (c) Summit/Lionsgate

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Movie Reviews:
  • 83
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    This movie has everything up its sleeve and presto chango at its core, ending in defiance to the plot's established logic before viewers realize they've been had. ...read more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    At times, Now You See Me suggests Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" made with a throwaway wink. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by A.A. Dowd
    Now You See Me, which is essentially an "Ocean’s" movie recast with illusionists, demands a kind of childlike fascination with swindles, and a willingness to be hoodwinked along with the characters. Walk in with those expectations and it won’t be hard to see the appeal of this ludicrous but spirited caper, which has nearly as many rug-pulls as game movie stars. ...read more

  • 72
    Film.com - by William Goss
    The film itself is sly and smug in kind, fleetingly enjoyable for all of its old-school showmanship and high-tech hokiness. ...read more

  • 67
    The Playlist - by Kevin Jagernauth
    Leterrier's film is a reminder that sometimes a good yarn can do enough heavy lifting on its own to provide thrills. Whether or not the illusion pays off will be up to you, but the trick itself may be intriguing enough. ...read more

  • 63
    Washington Post - by Stephanie Merry
    The problem is that, in focusing on what makes a good caper, director Louis Leterrier forgot about what makes a good movie: character development, carefully constructed tension and believable plot points. ...read more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    There's a great movie out now about magicians, sleight-of-hand maestros, illusionists, card and coin tricksters. Now You See Me is not that movie. ...read more

  • 60
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    A sleight-of-hand heist film that feels like a cross between David Blaine and "Ocean's Eleven," with a little Robin Hood thrown in, it's a ripping bit of fun. If, that is, you let it be. ...read more

  • 60
    Village Voice - by Zachary Wigon
    When functioning like a magic trick, this breathlessly entertaining picture delights in its showmanship, but the more entertaining the trickery, the tougher the explanation, and when the truth is revealed the answer can't help but fail to satisfy. ...read more

  • 58
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    Although the filmmakers reportedly worked with David Copperfield and other renowned real-life illusionists and tried to minimize the use of CGI, you're still left wondering how much of the magic is merely the kind Hollywood spits out by the terabyte. ...read more

  • 50
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    Leterrier’s film is the kind that doesn’t stand up well to scrutiny: The more you know about it, the more befuddled you’ll be. ...read more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Scott Bowles
    It's mostly smoke and mirrors. After Freeman's snooze became a YouTube fixture, the actor jokingly dismissed the nap, saying he was using "Google eyelids" to check his Facebook account. You may find yourself attempting the same feat, because Now has little up its sleeve. ...read more

  • 50
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    There is nothing magical about seeing one’s umpteenth car chase. Mark Ruffalo plays the weirdly scruffy FBI agent on the case, while Morgan Freeman, in super-slow mode, plays a famous magic debunker. He’d make the ideal critic for this movie. ...

  • 50
    Slant Magazine - by Abhimanyu Das
    There's nothing behind all this sturm und drang but a lineup of insubstantial ciphers, all false fronts and empty words in a pretend world not quite conducive to emotional investment. ...read more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    There’s a fine line sometimes, as "This is Spinal Tap" reminded us, between stupid and clever. Now You See Me wobbles along that tightrope for much of its running time. ...read more

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Mark Feeney
    The editing of the action sequences is an insult to the idea of narrative clarity. ...read more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    A superficially diverting but substance-free concoction, a would-be thriller as evanescent as a magic trick and one that develops no suspense or rooting interest because the characters possess all the substance of invisible ink. ...read more

  • 50
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    Now You See Me is a movie about magic, but its most astonishing trick is how little mileage it gets out of a stellar cast. ...

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    For all its showmanship, Now You See Me has a lot less up its sleeve than it lets on. ...read more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    When Mark Ruffalo shows up as a crumpled detective, you expect a dose of reality, yet on his heels come twin hams Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, whose solemn presences (as Christopher Nolan knows well) prove wonderful distractions from silliness. ...read more

  • 40
    NPR - by Joel Arnold
    It's all a little dumb, but the movie boasts several non-CG tricks and a few genuinely mesmerizing set pieces including a hand-to-hand-to-magic combat scene between Ruffalo and the spry Franco. ...read more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times - by Gary Goldstein
    For all the talent up on the screen — and one can't fault the performances — the movie just doesn't deliver. ...read more

  • 40
    The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
    Long before the story culminates with a preposterous final revelation, whatever hopes you had that Now You See Me might have had anything to say about the profession of magic, rampant greed or anything else have been dashed. ...

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    For a while, Leterrier does manage to conjure up a little bit of magic between all these charming actors. And then, presto: Just like that, it’s gone. ...read more

  • 38
    New York Post - by Sara Stewart
    None of these seemingly plot-rich questions are explored; instead, we’re stuck with a greasy-haired Mark Ruffalo, as his detective character flounders along in their wake, muttering that he doesn’t have time for this magic crap. ...read more

  • 38
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    This is a slick con, all flash and no substance. Now You See Me seems awfully sure of itself, with self-important, intrusive music, sweeping tracking shots and actors chewing up the scenery. ...read more

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